Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham, Star Lotulelei and John White pose for a photo before media day.
July 24, 2012
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - Utah was picked to finish second in the Pac-12 South Division in a preseason poll of media members who cover the league. USC is the favorite to win both the South Division and the 2012 Pac-12 Conference football title.
Utah received 514 points and one first-place vote, while USC gathered 729 points and 117 first-place votes. Oregon was picked to win the North Division with 732 points and 117 first-place votes, while Stanford (533 points, 5 first-place votes) was pegged second in the North.
Representatives of all 12 schools are in Universal City, Calif., today participating in the Pac-12 Football Media Day.
The media poll has correctly selected the conference champion in 28 of 51 previous polls, including 11 of the last 12. Following are the results of the preseason media poll (points 6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses):
The 2012 Pac-12 Championship Football Game will take place Friday, November 30 at 8 p.m. ET/6 p.m. MT and telecast to a national audience on FOX. The Championship game will match the winner of the North Division vs. the winner of the South Division. The game will be played on the campus of the division winner with the best overall conference record. The winner of the Pac-12 Championship will earn the league's automatic BCS berth.
NORTH DIVISION 1. Oregon (117) 732 2. Stanford (5) 533 3. Washington 502 4. California (1) 382 5. Washington State 228 6. Oregon State 205
SOUTH DIVISION 1. USC (117) 729 2. Utah (1) 514 3. UCLA (2) 435 4. Arizona 385 5. Arizona State (3) 353 6. Colorado 164
PAC-12 TITLE GAME CHAMPION: USC (102 votes) Others receiving votes: Oregon (18), Arizona State (3)